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Pro-Ject Audio Systems are widely recognised as one of the finest turntable manufacturers in the world. Their mission is simply to produce the best sounding stereo analogue components at the most competitive prices possible. The current series spans a wide range of price points, with a variety of products targeted to key demographics or to accommodate the modern listener’s unique requirements.
In 2016, Pro-Ject marked their 25th anniversary year with the release of a turntable that combined traditional styling with modern technology; showing their innate ability to keep turntables fresh and interesting at a time when popularity of the vinyl format was at a previously unprecedented level. The Classic proudly sits in the middle of a multi-award winning range of turntables that manage to combine sound performance with the latest technologies and unrivalled style at every level.
Pro-Ject are also obsessed with the importance of stereo playback systems. With modern audio systems often bringing speakers either very close together or into a single enclosure, the real impact and importance of true hi-fi stereo is being lost. That’s why everything Pro-Ject create is made with pure stereo applications in mind; bringing back the true emotional importance of music to audio enthusiasts around the world.
Based in Vienna, Austria, all Pro-Ject Audio Systems turntables are made by a highly skilled workforce with great skill, care and attention in their central-European factory.

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The Essential III boasts a series of notable improvements that elevate it well beyond the ability of its predecessor, both technically and cosmetically. The Essential III retains the simple yet elegant frame of the Essential II.

Made from high-quality MDF for its acoustically neutral character, and now wrapped in a high-gloss paint finish (available in red, white or black); the main structure combines both elegance and functionality. The plinth is then mounted on three anti-vibration feet, for effective decoupling from the surface on which the turntable is placed. One of the most obvious changes with the new model is in the use of an upgraded Acryl-IT E platter. Also available separately, the Acryl-IT E offers an inert platform for your vinyl records to reduce the unwanted effects of resonance.

Available for use with and without the supplied felt mat, the platter uses a stainless steel bearing in a bronze bushing with Teflon-lined bottom for liquid-smooth rotation. The overall sound result is an open, exciting sound that arrives at a foot-tapping tempo. The Essential III uses the same 9V motor as its predecessor, but it’s also the first to use a new integrated grounding link that dramatically reduces electrical interference to unprecedented low levels. The motor is a premium, synchronous AC design that’s driven by a built-in signal generator, ensuring optimal speed stability and minimal resonances.

The brand new aluminium pulley improves the performance and the appearance even further still. The Essential III is pre-fitted with an 8.6” aluminium tonearm for its lightweight, rigid characteristics. The gimbal bearing assembly uses sapphire bearings to allow for smooth tracking across a record, and the supplied counterweight allows for a variety of premium pick-up cartridges to be installed. The tonearm is supplied with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge installed. Superior to the Essential II’s OM 5E cartridge, the OM 10 uses an elliptical profile and precision micro-mechanics to deliver a nice, full soundstage with plenty of impact.

The Essential III is a significant step forward for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget. The sound and the style have been pushed to new heights, all for a price that defies belief.

  • High quality Acrylic-IT E platter Belt drive mechanism with silicone belt
  • Low vibration synchronous motor Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
  • Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom 8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
  • Factory fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
  • Pre-mounted gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
  • Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
  • Lid included
Pro-Ject Essential III Review, What Hi-Fi?, August 2017

What Hi-Fi?, August 2017

Sound: 5 Stars
Features: 4 Stars
Build: 4 Stars
Score: 5 Stars

Comments of Note:

"Another five-star review – the company simply can’t shake the habit of turning out top-class turntables."

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Essential III A, Hi-Fi Choice, February 2017

Hi-Fi Choice, February 2017

Reviewed By: Ed Selley
Sound Quality: 5 Stars
Value For Money: 5 Stars
Build Quality: 4.5 Stars
Features: 4.5 Stars
Overal: 5 Stars, Recommended

Comments of Note:
"If you’re thinking that this latest version of the Austrian-based company’s Essential line is simply a mild spruce up of the previous model, think again."
"‘Visually, the turntable is a genuinely pretty proposition with the gloss finished plinth and acrylic platter improving on its older sibling’s aesthetics and giving an improved sense of quality."
"The pick of the bunch has to be the eye catching red option, which looks even more elegant and very smart in the flesh and avoids any of the rough edge criticism levelled at its predecessor."
"Build quality is good with all the major points of contact feeling of a high standard."
"It possesses excellent tonality. Listening to Arcade Fire’s Funeral sees the Essential III A put in an extremely compelling performance."
"On Arcade Fire ‘The simple, almost waltz-like Crown Of Love is wonderfully handled with Win Butler’s vocals beautifully defined in the centre of the sound stage and entirely distinct from the rich and vibrant string section and Regine Chassagne’s vocals that support him."
"Ibifornia by Cassius ‘the low end that is on offer has plenty of texture and detail to it and is beautifully integrated into the rest of the performace."
"The Essential III A never sounds slow or bloated and there is a sense of life and energy to the way it makes music."
"This fundamental musicality is its greatest asset. It shuns an overtly attention-grabbing presentation in favour of a more balanced and considered approach that is admirably hard to wrong foot across a wide variety of different musical genres."
"The Essential sets the new benchmark in the sub - £300 turntable market."
"This is a serious statement of intent from Pro-Ject at the asking price."
"...none can match the Pro-Ject's balance of refinement and energy in their performance."
"Wonderfully balanced and engaging sound; great looks and build"
"A seriously talented arrival to the budget turntable market that sets a new standard at the price."

Essential III A, Hi-Fi News, January 2017

Hi-Fi News, January 2017

Reviewed By: Adam Smith
Score: 85%

Comments of Note:
"Aluminium motor pulley – ‘As well as imparting a more quality ‘feel’ to the deck, its metal construction has the potential to offer both a better diameter tolerance for steadier speed, plus a modicum of extra weight for more of a flywheel effect when rotating."
"The package is fluid, musical and highly accomplished."
"The deck is sure-footed and more than able to dig deep into the heart of a recording to reveal inner detail."
"at the top end, the OM10 worked its magic once again and things were clean, smooth and assured."
"Pro-Ject has done it again. By subtly improving critical aspects of the Essential II turntable and making a small cartridge change to big effect, the Essential III once again jumps nimbly to the top of the budge turntable class."
"Its sound perfectly illustrates to a newcomer exactly what is so good about vinyl."

Essential III A, BBC Music Magazine, January 2017

Hi-Fi News, January 2017

Reviewed By: Michael Brook
Score: 5 Stars

Comments of Note:
"...the Pro-Ject's playback has an impressive level of refinement and scale - things are never allowed to get messy, even at high volume."

Technical Data

Pre-Fitted Cartridge:  Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus:  Ortofon Stylus 10
Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance: 33: ±0.70%
45: ±0.60%
Wow & Flutter: 33: ±0.21%
45: ±0.19%
Signal-to-Noise: -66dB 
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm) 
Effective Tonearm Mass:  8.0gr
Overhang: 22.0mm 
Power Consumption: 4.5W 
Dimensions: 420 x 112 x 330mm 
Weight: 5.0 kg

We are still delivering orders as normal. When your order ships you will still receive tracking details. For UK shipments, Our couriers have procedures in place to ensure deliveries are arriving as quickly & safely as possible. Drivers can now sign for your parcels, however will notify you that they have arrived, in order to ensure you receive your parcel. Signing for the parcel has now been stopped temporally for hygiene reasons. Drivers are also working with customer instructions, so you can ask them to leave the parcel in a safe place (doorstep etc...) if you prefer not to come into direct contact with the driver.

There has been no changes to deliveries with Brexit. All deliveries to the UK mainland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are operating as normal. No VAT or charges are applicable. 

Express Deliveries

Express Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. Express Delivery offers delivery in 24-72 hours from time of purchase. We use premium couriers for this service, mainly DPD & Royal Mail. DPD will offer you a one hour window for delivery to make sure someone is at home, or you can reschedule the delivery if no one is around. 

Standard Deliveries

Here at Kronos AV, we have vast experience with e-commerce sales. Making sure that your parcel arrives undamaged is a huge priority for us. That’s why at Kronos AV, we only use premium couriers for all our orders. All our parcels are shipped with DPD or Royal Mail and are always sent Signed For to make sure it gets to the right person. 

If for any reason your parcel does arrived damaged, please get in touch, and we will be happy to get everything resolved for you. We are always on hand to help!


Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. In order to offer FREE delivery to UK customers, we use several premium couriers to ensure your delivery arrives safe.

Most large orders (over 2kg) ship using DPD or DHL courier and smaller orders (under 2kg) by Royal Mail signed for services.

The most appropriate courier will be chosen for the items ordered to ensure the quickest possible delivery.

We can offer very generous trade in offers across the majority of our product range. 

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